MSoA and UNDP Host Inception Workshop on New Climate Change Adaptation Project

13 Nov 2013

Dili – Representatives from government ministries, NGOs, donor agencies and development partners met today to exchange ideas and expertise at an inception workshop for the new project Strengthening the Resilience of Small Scale Rural Infrastructure and Local Government Systems to Climate Risk (SSRI). The day-long event was co-hosted by UNDP and the Ministry of State Administration (MSoA) which is spearheading collaborative effort. (Lee versaun Tetum iha ne'e)

SSRI focuses on strengthening administrative capacity, accountability and public participation at the local level to help ensure that climate risks are properly weighed and are reflective of local decision-making. The four-year programme will have a tangible impact on the lives of rural peoples by improving access to water resources, strengthening communities’ abilities to cope with climate pressures and improve decision-makers’ understanding of climate-related issues at the local level. In addition to MSoA, key Ministries involved in SSRI’s implementation include the Ministry of Public Works and the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Environment. SSRI is funded by the Global Environment Fund.

“SSRI seeks to integrate climate risk considerations into local planning, budgeting, implementation and maintenance processes including building the capacities of district and sub-district administrative and technical staff,” said H.E. Jorge da Conceição Teme, Minister of State Administration. “The commitment, leadership and active participation of the national stakeholders gathered here today will contribute to securing the long term viability and sustainability of local development initiatives by factoring climate risk into local infrastructure planning,”

Timor-Leste’s vulnerability to many of the region’s habitual climatic phenomena creates impediments to the country’s growth and development. These phenomena include rising sea levels, increasing climatic variability, and increasing intensity of extreme events. Related risks include increased incidence of floods, droughts, erosion, and landslides.

The workshop served to inform relevant stakeholders on the final steps toward the commencement of the full scale project, introduce the project team and establish a key working group made up of Ministerial, NGO and UN agency stakeholders.

“The SSRI project goal is underpinned by a number of important national policies and strategies and is designed to remove the impact of climate change as an impediment to attaining social, economic development and environmental sustainability,” said Noura Hamladji, UNDP Deputy Country Director. “UNDP is pleased to support the Government’s response to its multilateral environment agreements, support initiatives that encourage sustainable development and ensure that environmental issues are integrated into policy development and national planning.”

SSRI is part of the Local Governance Support Project (LGSP) which is a joint initiative of UNDP and UNCDF. It is being funded by the UN’s Least Developed Countries Fund which was established to meet the climate adaption needs of least developed countries.

Contact Information

For further information about SSRI please contact Livio Xavier at livio.xavier@undp.org

About UNDP: UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. On the ground in 177 countries and territories, we offer global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations. In Timor-Leste, UNDP provides technical advice and assistance to build strong and capable public institutions at national and sub-national levels in justice, parliament, human rights, anti-corruption, police, economic development, environmental management and disaster risk management that bring development, peace and justice to the population and reach out to the poor and vulnerable sections of society.

About UNCDF: UNCDF assists Least Developed Countries (LDC) through capital investment, capacity building, and technical advisory services, in the areas of local development and microfinance. In Timor-Leste, UNCDF supports the Local Governance Support Programme (LGSP) which supports the establishment of an effective local governance system and the Inclusive Finance for Under-Served Economy (INFUSE) programme, which  aims to increase sustainable access to financial services for poor and low-income people, both male and female.